Amid the euphoria that greeted the successful take off of 13th West Africa University Games, WAUG, at the University of Ilorin, UNILORIN, Monday, the sudden death of the husband of a serving professor in the institution through suicide has thrown the university community into mourning.
Sources in the university said the deceased Olubunmi Olademo, who was married to a professor in the Religion Department of the University, reportedly committed suicide Tuesday evening.
It was gathered that Olademo reportedly hung himself at a bush in the Tanke area of Ilorin, the state capital, following the alleged failure of his wife to give him money for the completion of their family house.
The man reportedly left their apartment in Tanke after allegedly dropping a suicide note for his family, complaining about his wife’s alleged refusal to give him the said money he had earlier requested from her.
Before hanging himself, the deceased was said to have followed up on his suicide note by calling his wife on the telephone to inform her about his intention.
It was alleged that the wife, who was said to have been disturbed by her husband’s threats to commit suicide, however, reported the incident to the police in Tanke.
It was said that when Olademo did not come home same Tuesday night, a search party was organised to look for him without success, until one of his daughters remembered that she heard her father saying that he was going to the site of their uncompleted residential building at Oke-Odo area of Tanke.
The search party combed the area and discovered his lifeless body dangling from a tree where he hung himself.
The police were said have initially arrested the deceased’s wife but released her on bail yesterday.
Olademo’s corpse was deposited at the mortuary of one of the hospitals in the town for autopsy.
The state police command Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Dabo Ezekiel confirmed the incident, adding that investigations had already commenced.
Also reacting, Deputy Director, Information and Protocol of in the university, Dr. Mafouz Adedimeji confirmed the suicide story, but noted that the deceased died outside the university environment.
Meanwhile, about 3,000 athletes from various universities across West Africa are competing for trophies in the games that kicked-off on Monday.